A Taste of Healesville - Food and Wine Tours

Do you love sipping and sampling, tasting and trying?

If so, you’re going to love these food and wine tours through Healesville, the heart of the Yarra Valley; you’ll sip and taste and take it slowly – enjoying ‘A Taste of Healesville’.

The Yarra Valley has long been a great food producer: with vines for wine, apples for cider, dairies for cheese and orchards abundant with stone fruits and berries galore. Healesville is home to some of the best artisan food producers and providores in Victoria each delicious stop on these food and wine tours is within walking distance of the main street. And the charming town of Healesville itself is under an hour’s drive from Melbourne.

Meet the names behind the labels

On your ‘A Taste of Healesville’ food and wine tour, you’ll have the opportunity to taste a delicious assortment of local hand-made products including biscuits, cheeses, jams and preserves, as well as some famous Yarra Valley cool climate wines, beers and ciders. Pauline Leonard, chef and specialty tour operator, will introduce you to Healesville’s finest producers and their gourmet food stores.

Where exactly do we go on our food and wine tours?

The gourmet walking tour is designed to take a leisurely three hours, during which time you’ll experience various local artisans such as:

Jam Tasting Workshop

Step into Lisa O’Connor’s kitchen for a tasting of her Jam Lady Jams and preserves all made from locally sourced fruit. Lisa will match her delicious products such as Syrian Fig Jam, Raspberry with Grappa Jam, Blackberry with Shiraz Jam and her infamous Lime Marmalade with various delicious Yarra Valley cheeses. She’ll even pass on some of her wonderful recipe ideas.  Then you’re off to a…

Cheese education workshop

Sophie Classon from Kitchen and Butcher has worked with cheese for nearly 20 years and now consults to the industry. During the workshop Sophie matches some of the world’s tastiest hand-made cheeses with unexpected wines offering surprising results! It’s fun, informal and educational all at once. Make sure you leave room for a….

Gourmet biscuit taste off

Crumbs Mother and daughter team, Tammie and Kerry, make gorgeously decadent biscuits from fresh high quality ingredients, by hand, using traditional baking techniques.
Taste their Macadamia Florentines, Shortbreads, Raspberry Yo Yos, Triple Chocolate Cookies and a delicious range of gluten free products in their homely production kitchen. Then finally, we’re off for a…

Wine Tasting at Barrique

Healesville’s beautiful wine shop Barrique, stocks a wide and comprehensive range of world wines, from local boutique producers through to big name international wines and many more in between. The sommelier will guide you through an eclectic selection of favourite wines, concentrating on wines from all corners of the Yarra Valley. How lovely to be learning and tasting in such a fun relaxed environment.


Handmade pasta

Yarra Valley Pasta – Fresh Pasta Sampling. Enjoy a warm welcome from the Colaneri family as you step inside their shop, where they’ve been making pasta ‘the home-made Italian way’ for years, and where ingredients are sourced from nearby. Delight your taste buds as you sample their delicious assortment of home made pasta filled parcels and sauces, such as asparagus, almond and lemon ravioli, or gorgonzola, prosciutto and dried fig ravioli. If you want some for supper, they’ll wrap what you buy in a cooler bag with ice pack – so you’re all set.

On our food and wine tours, you’ll find there’s plenty of time for browsing and shopping and you will be more than tempted to stock up your pantry and replenish your cellar!  So…please note…this tour comes with a warning – few leave the tour empty handed, most succumb to some rather delicious purchases!

Being in a small group (minimum 8 to maximum 10 people), ensures that everyone gets to ask questions and try samples of everything on offer.  It’s an exclusive way to shop, where all the tastings are privately arranged just for your group, so it really feels like a special occasion and you are the guest of honour.

A Taste of Healesville Schedule

What better way to spend a Saturday morning than sampling fine food and wine in the beautiful countryside? Complete our Food and Wine Tours enquiry form for availability and booking confirmation.